In progress pages...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Linked to Paint Party Friday
and My Mojo Monthly
and Blog Feature Friday
I am loving this new pastel color palette.  I've been using watercolor paints, markers, and inktense color blocks painted with a bit of watered down gesso.

I am planning to add some colorful lettering and pictures to these pages.

Art Journaling

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mosaic Monday

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mosaic Monday is a bit of inspiration for you. These are images I selected from other artists off of Flickr. enjoy!  Click on the links below to see the original images larger.

1. 12-11-11-21-41, 2. NaNoJouMo, 3. Things You Gotta Love, 4. Avery's Journal-6 Months, 5. Angry Robo, 6. In The Sea, 7. trying to put a bright spin on it, 8. Arrowhead Progression (09272011), 9. happiness

Free Fonts!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanks to Pinterest, I found this cool site that has tons of FREE Fonts.  They are all fun and contemporary handwritten fonts.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

I maybe went a little overboard with the doodling!  This will be a gift for my niece.  The size of this is 12x18"

Bug Sketch

Friday, November 25, 2011

Found these bug sketches in my stuff that I did for a demo with kids.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I was having problems with following blogs on google reader. I was deleting blogs and then they'd keep mysteriously reappearing. We'll see if blog lovin' works better.

Good News!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hello!  I have good news to share with you.  I have been accepted to be a contributing editor for a new magazine that is starting!  I am very excited about this, because I LOVE magazines and I love paper arts, so this will be very fun.   Check out the website for the magazine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

journaling in my sketchbook

painting over some unwanted areas

creating a background for an art journal page

doodles galore!

creating pages to use as collage materials

printing faces with 1st graders at school!

more painting over unwanted areas.. a la Samie Kira

journal sketchbook page in progress.. writing will be added soon

Sunday Snippets

Sunday, November 20, 2011

You can share your own Sunday Snippets here!  This week I'm making a list.  Goals.  Do you have goals?  Do you have future plans?

You can make your own list here.

Art Show

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tonight was the art reception for a small art show that I was a part of.  It is a group of art education majors from the college I went to, Illinois State.  The show is taking place at a coffee shop on the north side of Chicago.  My friend Anne organized the show and she lives in that area.  Here are a few pictures of the night.
Here's my baby Daria enjoying sitting on the windowsill.

Here's me in front of one of my paintings.

This is the painting, titled Red Configuration on Canvas

Daria again.

A group of some of the artists.

My mom and I in front of my other painting.

Works in Progress-- a gift!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I am making two presents for Christmas right now.  I figure it is safe because they probably don't read my blog.  My sister-in-law wanted an artwork for each of her kids with their names on it.  This is the first step of my process.  Cutting out letters from other painted pages.  Next, I will add dark black outlines to the letters with other doodles around it.  Kind of like in this picture or these.

Silly Creature

Friday, November 18, 2011

in my art journal there lives a silly creature.

I would love to see your pages! Find a post that you recently made about an art journal page, add a link in your post back to the Just Journals blog post so others can find the meme and then add your link to inlinkz tab below! Sounds fun? play along!

Grab a button for your page:

Oh Happy Day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Oh Happy Day" by me.  November 2011.  Watercolors on Ampersand Aquaboard.  16" x 20"

Here is my finished painting!

Links:  Artists in Blogland
Paint Party Friday
Creative Every Day
The Answer is Chocolate
Studio JRU 
Sunday Sketches

Glass Jewelry

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I went to a Fire It Up pottery place where they also do glass fusing.  I made these fun glass pendants!

Manon's workshop

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I've been busy for the last couple of weeks and overwhelmed, (and it's not an excuse.. really.. my car was totaled, I work full time, we had parent-teacher conferences, church obligations, yada yada yada.)  Anyways, so I had been meaning to check out Amy's free workshops and this week Manon was doing a workshop with Amy.  I really love Manon's style, so I watched the video of her workshop.  I really enjoyed learning how she layers markers to create the shades on her little girl drawings.  And then she used gesso to blend the markers.  I haven't ever used gesso in that way, so that was really cool.  I'm very pleased with how my little girl turned out, but also then I have mixed feelings, because this is really a Manon girl and really her style.  I don't really ever draw people that much, maybe once in awhile.  I think there are some elements of the drawing style that I could transfer to things like animals and creatures.  Anyways, I think the girl turned out pretty cute. 

Just Journals Link Party #5

Friday, November 11, 2011

I would love to see your pages! Find a post that you recently made about an art journal page, add a link in your post back to the Just Journals blog post so others can find the meme and then add your link to inlinkz tab below! Sounds fun? play along!

Grab a button for your page:

Here is my art journal page I am sharing with you:

Evolution of a page....
I started by painting watercolor rectangles:

Then I made this page awhile later:

I didn't like the composition on that one, so I cut off the top half and put it on the page.  Then I added doodling to the squares with black marker.  Oil pastel was rubbed around the frame.

Watercolor Sketches

Friday, November 11, 2011

These will be cut up and used later for other fun artworks.
Sunday Sketches and Butterfly Effect 
Artists in Blogland, too, of course!

Colorful Snippets

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inspiration Avenue-- Needlework

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inspiration Avenue's theme this week is needlework, so I thought I would show you some of the things I have done that goes with this theme.  I have taught some needlework projects as well with my elementary students.

Finger weaving with children
Weaving on straws with children
This was one of my 5th grade students sewn works-- based on micro organisms
Sewn picture on a journal page (mine)

Sewn Mixed Media collage (by me)
Knitted Ornament Ball by Me
Fabric Collage by 3rd grader

Knitted and felted purse by Me

Knitted and felted purse by Me

Knitted and felted purse by Me
Here is a little baby cardigan I made for my daughter (she's already outgrown it!)


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